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‘NO LET-UP ON RUN-IN,’ INSISTS BROONY

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SCOTT BROWN insisted Celtic’s seventh successive title triumph yesterday was something extra special.

The Hoops skipper, who was voted PFA Scotland Player of the Year later in the evening, was thrilled the champions could lift the crown with such an emphatic 5-0 triumph over their Ibrox opponents.

Brown, bought by ex-boss Gordon Strachan for £4.4million from Hibs in 2007, has now won eight championships at the club.

He said: “It’s lovely, the way we did it, in the sunshine, in front of our own fans by beating Rangers.

“It was all about our own performance. We let ourselves down last week against Hibs, but we managed to bounce back.

“We had spoken about bouncing back in style and we did that. I think the start, the way we pressed, we had worked all week on that in training – how we were going to press, how we would get it straightened out on the park.

“It’s the first time the title has been won against Rangers for a long, long time at Celtic Park.

“So, it’s a great honour to be here and to be part of it. There have been a lot of good wins against Rangers recently, but, for me, that has to be right up there.

“Just the emotions of the occasion, how we played, the style and just managing to play how we wanted to play, that made it special. It’s all come good at the right time.”

The Hoops appeared to ease up after they scored their fifth goal while there was still 37 minutes left to play – and an even more humiliating hammering looked a distinct possibility.

But the onfield leader said: “There were no disappointments. Look at the way we played. We felt we could have scored more. We created chances, they just didn’t go in.

“It’s very sweet. It’s all about us, the style we played. We let ourselves down with not being able to win the league at Easter Road. But we had a good week in training and it showed on the park.

“It means a lot to be captain as we’re winning seven in a row. But there is a lot more work ahead now, with a Cup Final still to come.

“There are places up for grabs for that game now, so everyone will be wanting a chance and I’m sure the gaffer will rest a couple of players here and there.

“It’s all about our willingness to win now, to keep producing that form every week.

“We’ve got a few hard games coming up so we need to stay on it.”

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